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This text makes two assumptions about you
on September 1, 2010
You have no instructor.
You have never seen a computer before.
If either of these are true, you are going to enjoy this format (for the first time only)
Everyone else (everyone that has a use for programming any language) will find that the entire book is needlessly bloated and that the painstakingly boring tutorial method is a chore. Concepts and information that do not take more than 5 minutes to implement will be covered over 30+ pages. The totalitarian instructions leave you waiting awhile for the next concept to be taught, so you will be skimming...a lot. To the credit of course technology, they format these books (I have two of them) so that you can skim to the bold instructions without reading every single mind numbing paragraph. Unfortunately, some topics are important enough to read, but like the boy that cried wolf, you'll be apathetic towards the book's attempt at warning you. There are so many screenshots of what is going on, you could go through this book without ever sitting in front of a computer with Visual Studio. The whole thing is better suited as a video or power point tutorial, so that means you'll be rubbernecking between each step for hours.
If you do read everything, you will spend hours creating a program that adds two numbers. This example takes minutes to create, and minutes to learn with text books in different formats.
If this method were effective at teaching the programing of Visual Basic, I would praise the level of detail. But it does not teach you programming at all. It teaches you how to use a Microsoft program, much the same way as a tutorial book on Word. It is an instruction manual, not a textbook. You will not retain knowledge of programing VB. You put no stake into the learning process, your hand is held and you are spoon fed a load of needless crap mixed in with a few important details. Also, the text will serve as a god awful reference because of the format. God help anyone that must suffer this book for a class. If your professor requires you to do the tutorial projects, you are going to hate your class, I guarantee that.
Stay away from this book if you have even a very minimal understanding of programing languages or have a minimal level of comfort using Microsoft applications. If you know nothing, this book will not change that too much either.